Pricing and Plan
Managed VPS Hosting
aoBasicDesigned for businesses with basic IT requirements
- All careBasic services include:
- 24/7 system monitoring
- Security management
- Patch management
- Remote support
aoPlusDesigned for businesses looking to eliminate costly break/fix IT services
- All carePlus services include:
- Preventive maintenance
- Asset management
- Secure cloud backup
- Server/Network support
aoProA fully comprehensive plan for any business size or needs.
- All carePro services include:
- Vendor management
- Virtual CIO (vCIO)
- Workstation support
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VPS Hosting FAQs
What is a VPS?
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server, also known as a Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS) and is a virtual machine as opposed to a physical dedicated server.
A virtual server is just like a normal server is used to host websites, but several ‘virtual’ servers can be hosted on the same physical server. It appears to the user as a dedicated server but is actually installed on a computer serving multiple Web sites. A single physical server can host several VPSs, each one with its own operating system (OS) that runs the hosting software for a particular user.
A virtual private server runs its own copy of an operating system, and customers have admin user access to that operating system instance, so they can install and use any software that runs on that operating system
A VPS server uses virtualization technology to split physical server hardware into several ‘virtual’ servers hosted on the same physical infrastructure.
Whereas in the past system administrators were traditionally confined to using one physical server for one purpose only, virtualization offers the flexibility to host several servers on one physical server. Each server can have it’s own purpose and it’s own distinct operating system.
This dramatically improves the level of flexibility available to system administrators in terms of the choice of software configuration they can run as well as providing significant advantages of scalability in terms of processing power, RAM and disk space and at a lower cost than using traditional dedicated physical hardware.
What are the advantages of using a VPS?
There are numerous advantages to our vps platform, the most important being performance, resilience, flexibility, fast set up, lower cost & lower energy use.
Because you are on a cloud infrastructure your server will have access to the full resources of our cloud. Whether you want extra RAM or CPU our Cloud servers are fast – seriously fast.
VPS hosting will cost less than a Dedicated Server whilst at the same time giving you more power and control. As there is zero manual intervention required from the hosting company the costs are lower. Also a virtual private server is a more efficient use of the Datacenter’s space and power resources. These are all important cost factors.
Need more RAM or CPU? Or maybe you need more hard disk space. Or maybe you want to downgrade. It’s easy with a VPS hosting – you can upgrade on the spot and there’s no need for downtime.
With a Dedicated Server there may be manual intervention required for changes or upgrades. This isn’t the case with a VPS server where you can make changes instantly yourself.
You have the freedom to choose the operating system and software you want to install on the server. So, you have your own instances of all server applications such as Apache, PHP, and MySQL. If you need to customize your services, you can make changes to suit the server as required.
On virtual servers, you have dedicated amounts of RAM, CPU and Disk available to you at any time. Unlike shared hosting, there is no one else on your server that can utilize all the resources whenever you need.
Need your server quickly? No need to wait around for hardware to be set up in the rack. You can spin a virtual server up with your choice of Operating System in minutes rather than hours.
Who should get a Virtual Private Server?
Maybe you’re a reseller, a developer, a web designer or you run a growing company & you know that you need power, control, flexibility to grow & a low monthly cost with no long term tie in. If that’s you then VPS hosting is the perfect choice.
One of the major advantages over shared hosting is that you have much more freedom over key settings such as PHP & Apache than you would if you were sharing a server with other users.
The real beauty of a cloud infrastructure is that you can try it out & experience some serious performance without committing yourself to the higher costs & longer term contract that a high spec dedicated server that offers these features would involve.
We can even manage your virtual server for you if you aren’t comfortable with that type of thing & we’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What can I use the server for?
In a word; anything.
Maybe you have just one website or eCommerce store & you just want to give it a more powerful platform to ensure you give your visitors the best experience possible.
Or maybe you need to run resource hungry applications that require a more exotic configuration than is offered with a shared hosting service.
Whatever your requirement you can be sure that our servers can handle it.
What Is The Difference Between VPS Hosting And A Dedicated Server?
There are a number of differences between VPS (Virtual Private Servers) and dedicated servers. We will help you make an informed decision about whether to choose a VPS or a Dedicated Server.
Virtual Private Servers (VPS)
In recent years Virtual Private Servers, or VPS for short have become more popular than dedicated servers because they offer superior performance and more control than shared hosting whilst costing less than dedicated servers.
With VPS hosting, you share a number of physical resources such as disk space CPU and RAM on a physical server even though they are allocated specifically to you, but you still enjoy the freedom of having a private server, such as having your own control panel. This way, the overall CPU and memory are shared across all accounts on the machine, but at the same time portions of those resources are always dedicated to each account
So with a virtual server you have the power and control of a dedicated server but you have the added advantage of scalability too.
A Dedicated Server is a physical server that is reserved for your sole use. Whereas a virtual server shares hardware resources with other VPS instances, a Dedicated Server is completely isolated for your use only.
Its perfect for those who need the additional peace of mind that a secure servers brings as well as offering significant processing power for high resource demanding applications and websites. It ensures that third party activities do not affect your services.
Virtual Private Servers VS Dedicated Servers
When deciding which is the best web hosting package for you, it is important to weigh all the factors and then make the right choice for your business.
Flexibility And Scalability
Virtual Private Servers are extremely scalable with no downtime required to perform upgrades. Clients can self-provision their upgrade of hardware such as extra RAM, CPU or disk space.
On the other hand Dedicated servers do not scale the way a VPS can, especially a Cloud VPS which has huge potential for upward scaling. Dedicated servers are designed to provide a set amount of resources and the only realistic way of scaling their computing power is to add additional resources such as RAM modules or extra CPU units or even clustering the servers and balancing the load across multiple servers.
Also, it is worth noting that with a Dedicated Server you would need to over specify your requirements to take into account headroom for growth if you want to avoid downtime related to upgrades which would require an engineer to make the change.
Management And Reliability
In a Cloud VPS configuration a server is extremely reliable due to the fact that data is stored across several physical servers on the cloud.. In terms of cost this is the best option in terms of reliability and uptime.
To achieve similar reliability potential in a Dedicated Server would require additional hardware components namely additional hard drives, a RAID card to offer RAID capability and a dual power supply. This would require a physically larger, more powerful and ultimately more expensive server.
VPS are suitable for high traffic websites, small business owners, bloggers and everyone that needs the power of a dedicated server at a lower price.
If this type of server cannot satisfy your needs due to your security requirements then a dedicated server is the best solution for you.
Dedicated servers are more physically secure than VPS hosting due to the fact that you are the only client using that server. That does not negate the need to be vigilant and ensure that your server is protected and secure.
VPS are higher cost compared to shared hosting but less compared to dedicated servers. In terms of value for money a virtual private server offers a compelling business case when issues such as scalability and high availability are factored in.
Is it complicated to run a virtual server?
If you are not technical then you can use our managed service which you can order at any time & for a low monthly fee we will take care of the technical aspects & perform upgrades, security patches, etc. for you.
If you have some technical skills & are able to use SSH & run some basic configuration tasks then you should not have any issues.
Most of our customers will use a control panel such as cPanel which comes with cPanel WHM interface. This is the industry standard, market leading control panel for managing Linux servers.